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transgender

A transgender person is someone whose gender identity and/or expression does not match their assigned gender at birth. It replaces the much older terminology, transsexual, a term which is no longer used in most transgender communities.

trans

Shorthand for transgender

gender binary

The concept that there are only 2 genders, namely male and female. The gender binary does not exist, but it is enforced in most cultures. In some Asian cultures, ‘third gender’ was and is accepted, as well as in the Americas before it become occupied by Europeans, later forming Canada and the United States. Though it doesn’t exist, it is used as a point of reference and many people, trans or cis, identify within it. At the same time, there really are cis people. The gender binary is explored in depth in some movies, e.g. The Matrix trilogy

binary

Someone who identifies within the gender binary, as either male or female. The concept that there are only 2 genders, namely male and female. The gender binary does not exist, but it is enforced in most cultures. In some Asian cultures, ‘third gender’ was and is accepted, as well as in the Americas before it become occupied by Europeans, later forming Canada and the United States. Though it doesn’t exist, it is used as a point of reference and many people, trans or cis, identify within it. At the same time, there really are cis people. The gender binary is explored in depth in some movies, e.g. The Matrix trilogy.

non-binary

A person who does not identify within the gender binary. Also see: genderfluid, bigender, agender, genderqueer, etc

genderfluid

A type of non-binary person

bigender

A type of non-binary person

neutrois

A type of non-binary person

agender

A type of non-binary person

genderqueer

A type of non-binary person

cisgender

A cisgender person is someone whose gender identity and/or expression matches that which was assigned to them at birth. Basically, someone who isn’t trans.

NB

Non-binary.

enbe

Non-binary.

cis

Shorthand for cisgender.

sexuality

Sexuality is who you are attracted to, whether romantically and/or sexually. E.g. heterosexual means a binary person attracted to people of the opposite binary gender, gay means binary people attracted to members of the same binary gender, bisexual means someone attracted to either gender. Sexuality is separate from gender identity.

heterosexual

Binary person sexually and/or romantically attracted to a member of their opposite binary gender.

gay

Binary person sexually and/or romantically attracted to people who share the same gender identity as them.

lesbian

Gay woman

bisexual

Binary or non-binary person who is attracted to men and women

pansexual

Binary or non-binary person who is attracted to everyone, regardless of gender identity, including binary and non-binary trans people. A pansexual person will be unconcerned with someone’s gender, and more than likely to be attracted to personalities.

gynephilic

Non-binary person who is attracted to women.

gynesexual

Gynephilic person.

androphilic

Non-binary person who is attracted to men.

androsexual

Androphilic person.

questioning

An individual who believes that they could be trans, but they are currently unsure and so they are trying to figure out whether they are transgender.

transphobia

Anything that is hostile towards transgender people, with no other motivation other than the fact that they are trans. It often manifests itself in discrimination against transgender people. It is a type of fear based on ignorance, much like racism, sexism, etc.

transphobic

Anything that exhibits transphobia.

transphobe

A person who is transphobic.

misogyny

The hatred, contempt for or prejudice against women and girls. Usually practised by men, but also commonly practised by women against other women (due to internalized misogyny burned into them from a young age). This often results in discrimination against women, but also many non-binary people.

misogynistic

Anything that exhibits misogyny.

misogynist

A person who is misogynistic.

transmisogyny

The combination of misogyny and transphobia. It is the hatred of trans people, particularly trans women and non-binary people. This can include violence. It often manifests in the transmisogynist claiming that the trans person isn’t trans, and that they should live in the gender that they were assigned at birth, that they aren’t real women, etc. Transmisogyny often results in the worst kinds of transgender discrimination, particularly towards trans women and non-binary people.

transmisogynistic

Anything that exhibits transmisogyny.

transmisogynist

A person who is transmisogynist. Trans and cis people can both be transmisogynistic, due to internalized transmisogyny burned into them when they grew up as children.

homophobia

The hatred for or prejudice against non-heterosexual people.

homophobic

Anything that exhibits homophobia.

homophobe

A person who is homophobic.

erasure

When someone’s identity is erased by a statement or action of another person or group of people, as if to deny their existence and/or validity. Bisexual, pansexual, polyamorous and non-binary people are often victims of this. Transmisogyny is also a type of erasure.

polyamory

Having or wanting multiple romantic and/or sexual partners, with the consent and knowledge between all partners involved. The polyamorous individual also agrees to allow their other partners to practise polyamory. Polyamory exists regardless of sexuality or gender identity, but is more common and openly practised within the LGBTQIA community.

polyamorous

A person that practises polyamory.

poly

polyamory/polyamorous

LGBTQIA

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual

LGBTQI

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex

LGBTQ

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer

LGBT

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender

truscum

A truscum person is one who doesn’t accept variance in gender identity, who thinks that only the binary exists, and who usually denies (erases) the existence of non-binary people. Truscum people usually deny (erase) a persons’ trans identity if that person does not experience gender dysphoria.

asshole

A person who is evil or horrible in some way. E.g. truscum people.

transmedicalist

truscum

transfundamentalist

truscum

respectability

Respectability politics or the politics of respectability refers to attempts by marginalized groups to police their own members and show their social values as being continuous, and compatible, with mainstream values rather than challenging the mainstream for what they see as its failure to accept difference.

cisnormativity

Cisnormativity is the assumption that all, or almost all, individuals are cisgender. Although transgender-identified people comprise a fairly small percentage of the human population, many trans people and allies consider it to be offensive to presume that everyone is cisgender unless otherwise specified. Cisnormativity is often enforced as part of respectability politics in some sections of the transgender community, often in transphobic and transmisogynistic cultures.

cisnormal

Anything that exhibits cisnormativity.

cisnormative

Anything that exhibits cisnormativity.

survivor

Someone who is a past victim of sexual abuse and/or other severe traumatic experience, who is deeply traumatised by the experience and in recovery.

trigger

Something that brings back memories of a persons traumas, making them panic as though it was happening again, where they are experiencing it vividly in their mind.

laser

A type of hair removal technique, for destroying hair follicles.

IPL

A type of hair removal technique, for destroying hair follicles.

electrolysis

A type of hair removal technique, for destroying hair follicles.

HRT

Hormone replacement therapy. Some transgender people use this form of medication so that they can have the hormonal balance typical of the gender that they identity with, in order to bring about physical transformations within their body, so that it starts looking more like the one they want, again typical of their internal gender.

binder

A type of device that trans men use to reduce the appearance of their breasts. It is usually worn underneath clothing.

nullification

A type of surgery that some non-binary people have, to remove all primary sex organs and make them have neither female nor male appearance.

STP

Stand to pee device, used by trans men so that they can pee while standing, without making a mess everywhere.

dysphoria

Feeling of distress or discomfort about ones gender assigned at birth.

euphoria

Feeling of happiness and comfort from identifying and living as ones own self-identified gender.

The opposite of dysphoria.

suppression

When someone suppresses their gender identity, to the point where even they may not be fully aware of or in touch with it.


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